MIDDLE EAST: Thirty Days More

When Egypt's President Anwar Sadat approached the podium of the National Assembly in Cairo last week, barely a day remained before the ceasefire between his country and Israel was due to expire. He ended the suspense quickly. As long as there was "genuine progress" toward peace, he said Egypt would "abstain from firing." On hearing the news from Cairo, an Arab waiter in an East Jerusalem hotel burst into the bar and happily told his patrons (mostly Israelis): "We've got at least thirty more days."

It took considerable diplomatic spadework to buy even...

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